iZombie will live to chow down on some brains for another day, as the The CW officially renews the series for season 5. Fans had cause for concern with regard to the future of the undead comedy-procedural after its fellow spring series The 100 received a season 6 renewal just the other day. Those worries were unfounded, though, as the network has announced that a number of new shows have been ordered to series, and now all of its long-running favorites have been renewed as well.
Currently in the midst of a creatively strong fourth season, iZombie has managed to maintain a steady audience with its humorous story-of-week format that also tells an overarching plot over the course of its 13-episode season. That plot has shifted recently to focus on the tensions brewing in New Seattle, after the existence of zombies was made known to the public and the Emerald City was officially put on lockdown. That new world order has been a creative boon for the series, as it’s produced some fun storylines while also letting everyone in on the secret Liv (and others) have been keeping since season 1.
The show’s creative upswing extends to the individual episodes as well. There’ve been a number of new brains on the menu in season 4 that have produced some memorable moments for series star Rose McIver, as well as Robert Buckley’s Major Lilywhite. Some standout brains include rom-com brain, as seen in the two-part ‘Brainless in Seattle’, hockey goon brain in ‘Goon Struck’, and rapper brain in ‘Mac-Liv-Moore’, which, yes, does feature McIver busting some rhymes. In other words, though many of its characters are (un)dead, iZombie is still very much alive from a creative standpoint.
With the renewal of iZombie, The CW’s 2018-2019 schedule is coming into focus. All of the Arrowverse shows will be returning, as will Supernatural, Crazy-Ex Girlfriend, Dynasty, The 100, and Jane The Virgin. New series include All American, In the Dark, the Vampire Diaries spinoff Legacies, and reboots of Charmed and Roswell. One spinoff that seemed guaranteed a spot on the new schedule was Wayward Sisters, which surprisingly didn’t get picked up.
There are still a few pilots awaiting decisions from the network, but so far it looks like The CW is sticking with a familiar game plan, with new seasons of The 100 and iZombie set for spring of 2019.